Here is my personal interpretation of the Tarot Birth Card Theme of The Emperor and how it relates to Control through Transformation. If you have come across this page and you haven’t learned what your tarot birth cards are and how it relates to this pattern, head over to the main post on In Depth Tarot Birth Cards.
Tarot Card Pattern: The Emperor
Theme: Control through Transformation
Key 4: The Emperor: control, stability
Key 13: Death: transformation, rebirth, drastic changes
Key 22/0: The Fool: initial change, beginnings
How the Pattern is Found
The tarot keys that are included in the Pattern of The Emperor. Each of these cards can be broken down to a single prime number of 4, which relates it back to The Emperor. I include The Fool in this pattern as the energy of The Fool is the energy of the beginning, but also of the end. If you were to have 2 sets of Major Arcana cards, The Fool would be in the middle of the two decks when laid out in order. The Fool comes between The Magician and The World. It is the return to the primordial energy after The World. It then begins a new cycle before The Magician.
Death: Key 13
The Fool: Key 22
The energy of The Fool has been placed both at the beginning of the major arcana and at the end. Similarly, it has also been placed between Judgement and The World. The Fool’s energy is the energy of change and transition. Hence, this is The Fool’s Journey through the major arcana. The energy came from nothing, The Emperor will give it control and stability and then Death will transform it again. Naturally turning it into something new.
As the energy comes to The Emperor, we learn about stability and control of the environment around us. To clarify, I’m not saying people with this birth card need to be in control of everyone around them. But they may enjoy having the stability that some control over the situation can provide.
By the time The Fool’s energy makes it to Key 13: Death, its ready to make big changes. It’s time to get rid of things that no longer serve us and replace them with things that are aligned with our goals. That is to say, by transforming ourselves, we are able to transform our lives. The more that we are able to transform ourselves, the more we are able to change our lives, and thus control them. In fact, by being in control of yourself and creating transformations, you can control and transform the world around you.
For example, people with these birth cards may find themselves arguing with other more often. To solve this problem, they look to themselves to figure out how to solve the problem. The solution may be a viewpoint they have that they need to change. Or they may need to be more open to other viewpoints. You might not have to change yourself to solve the problem.